Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
Kudos to Goodweed of the North & a BIG shame on most of the rest of you.
Pull up your little panties & grow up - particularly re: your tolerance levels. Nothing at all wrong with "potted meat", "hot dogs", canned "corned beef hash", OR "Spam". Particularly since the vast majority of you truly don't have an honest clue what these items really do consist of - certainly not the gruesome pictures you want to paint just to get some attention here.
If you don't care for these items, that's fine. But there's absolutely no reason on the planet to condemn the taste of others.
Well, I'm sorry to both you and Goodweed that my position on this matter offended you.
Doesn't change my position, and I find it a bit judgemental of you to tell me that I "don't have an honest clue" what these items really do consist of.
I suggest you hit Wikipedia and read exactly what "mechanically separated meat" really is.
And my position on what comes in a can of potted meat is based on sound logic: If Libby, Armour, and the other peddlers of that stuff had anything
more profitable they could use that meat for, they would
- because it's sound business sense
. But they can't, because people who buy other meat products from them (like Armour hot dogs, canned ham, Spam (by another name), and pre-sliced lunch meat, for example) would not tolerate such poor-quality in those products. So, in order to put what would be considered by most to be pet food grade meat products to use, they created Potted Meat. Literally, this is all the animal protein for which they could find no better use.
That's not opinion, that's the reality of what they're selling you. If you like it, more power to you. But you liking it doesn't change what it is.
And, again, I'm not skeeved out about eating organ meat. I'm not particularly fond of the texture of liver, so I pass on it most of the time. Brains and sweetbreads are delicacies I partake in very occasionally. Tripe, cooked properly, I enjoy. I've even had Haagis, and didn't mind it, although I can't say I'd put it in regular rotation in my diet.
Potted meat is a whole other level in serving an animal product that probably shouldn't have been served. Canned Vienna sausages are in a similar category, because they are made of the same stuff. Potted meat is someone getting the bright idea to extract that last bit of spinal cord from the pig's backbone, and that last bit of skin from the chicken's foot, and making a canned meat product out of it, rather than letting it be shipped off to the dog food factory the way it once was.
That's not opinion. That's what "mechanically separated meat" is.